Fiona Hall's diversified practice includes installation, mixed media and photography. She trained as both a painter and photographer in Sydney, London and Rochester, New York, before returning to Australia to work professionally and teach in the early 1980s. Her early photographs present intriguing and seductive images of the world, unexpected glimpses of life and places such as the Harbour Bridge behind fibro houses and banana leaves in 'Sydney, Australia, 1979'. Documentary becomes truly a process of revealing what we might otherwise miss. Hall's work also plays with light, and its ability to both reveal and cloak.
gelatin silver photograph
27.7 x 27.6 cm image; 40.5 x 30.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated c. verso, pencil "Fiona Hall/ ...1979".
Not on display
© Fiona Hall
Shown in 6 exhibitions
The Bridge, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Mar 1982–09 May 1982
Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984
Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990
Referenced in 4 publications
Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers
Julie Ewington, Fiona Hall, Annandale, 2005, 38 (illus.).
Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 96
Michael Wardell, My city of Sydney, Sydney, 2000. no catalogue numbers